New Mexico Tenant Rights Laws
Created by FindLaw's team of legal writers and editors | Last reviewed October 18, 2017
Whether you live in the heart of Albuquerque or way out in Columbus, you probably hope to avoid all of the pitfalls often associated with renting a home. However, if you do run into issues, New Mexico has a number of laws governing the landlord-tenant relationship in addition to federal and local laws. Read on to learn more about New Mexico's tenant rights laws.
Tenant Rights: Repairs, Security Deposits, and More
New Mexico's human rights laws protect you against discrimination based on race, religion, sexual orientation, and other protected characteristics. And once your tenancy begins, your landlord must keep the unit in a habitable condition by complying with housing codes materially affecting health and safety, making repairs necessary to keep the premises safe, and other obligations.
Regarding your security deposit, you can't be charged more than one months' rent if the rental period is for less than one year. If it's over a year and the security deposit is more than one months' rent, your landlord must pay you annual interest on the amount. At the end of your tenancy, the landlord has 30 days to return your deposit along with a written list of deductions taken out.
These and other laws are designed to protect you within the landlord-tenant relationship. Therefore, it's also good to know that your landlord may not retaliate against you by raising the rent or evicting you simply because you requested repairs or complained about code violations.
New Mexico Tenant Rights Laws at a Glance
The chart below provides a summary of New Mexico state laws governing the landlord-tenant relationship, including links to key statutes.
Ending or Renewing a Tenancy
Note: State regulations are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
New Mexico Tenant Rights Laws: Related Resources
- New Mexico Lease and Rental Agreement Laws
- New Mexico Renter's Guide
- Tenant Lease Agreement FAQs
- Tenants' Rights Basics
- U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development in New Mexico
- New Mexico Fair Housing
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